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The Jaguars have not been shy about loading up on pass-rushers this offseason. Specifically, Bradley and general manager David Caldwell have made versatile edge-rushers a priority.
The team signed veteran ex-Seattle Seahawks starter Chris Clemons. The Jaguars also used a fifth-round pick on tweener Chris Smith.
All three fit the mold of the most important position in Bradley's defensive scheme, namely the "Leo." That's the moniker applied to the roving, outside pass-rusher who combines the qualities of a defensive end and outside linebacker.
Former Maryland ace Marcus Whitfield is another player who fits that description. At 6'3" and 250 pounds, Whitfield has the lean frame and quickness to stand up as an outside linebacker.
He also boasts the initial quickness and upper body power to put his hand down and rush from a three-point stance. Whitfield has the physical attributes and production Bradley is looking for from his Leo.
During his final season at Maryland, Whitfield logged nine sacks and 15.5 tackles for a loss, per cfbstats.com. But despite his impressive numbers, Whitfield is entering a very crowded position group.
As well as Clemons and Smith, the Jags also have Andre Branch, Ryan Davis and Gerald Rivers on the roster. Of course, pass-rusher is the one position a team can't have too many weapons at in the modern NFL, especially a team that managed a meager 31 sacks in 2013, per NFL.com.
Given his natural scheme suitability, a strong offseason could push Whitfield ahead of the incumbents in the situational rotation.